Under the Sea with Mermaidcore

By Kat La Mantia | June 12 2023 | BlogAdultsGeneralAllGift

The Little Mermaid is making a splash in kids’ cinema, but mermaids are for grown-ups, too. Mermaidcore is the trend of the season, putting a shimmery, ethereal twist on the usual beachy summer vibes. Dreamy pastels, especially aquas and shell pinks, mark the style, along with glittery baubles, colorful beads, and delicate feminine accents like corsets, lace, and ruffles. And of course crystals, jewelry, and magical found objects are at the center of any mermaid’s beloved cache of treasures.

The ocean is a vast, untamable force that inspires creativity and imagination through its alien depths. Who can say that mermaids aren’t swimming around down there in a lost Atlantis when we’ve barely explored a fraction of the sea? Folklore about mermaids and sirens characterizes them as children of the mysterious wild waters, embodying the sea’s elusive, otherworldly beauty as well as its deadly power.

Mermaidcore celebrates it all, from the the beguiling, feminine enchantment of the ocean to the ease of coastal life to the playful indulgence of collecting and displaying your favorite trinkets (just like Ariel). With beautiful photography books of ocean waves and coastlines, guides to crystals and jewels, fashion tomes featuring fantastical gowns, and of course novels, folklore, and poetry centered around mermaids and the wonders of the sea, there are mermaidcore picks perfect for any bookshelf at PRH.

More Mermaidcore Titles – Adult

Mermaids for Little Ocean Lovers

The Little Mermaid – Out of Print

The Seashore Sticker Anthology
With More Than 1,000 Vintage Stickers
Capture the splendor of sea life with this alluring collection of stickers.
$24.99 US
May 03, 2022
6-11/16 x 8-9/16
232 Pages

Millennial Loteria: La Shiny AF Edition
Put your shades on, because this special edition of Millennial Lotería is shiny AF! And now up to 20 people can play!
$44.95 US
Nov 17, 2020
6 x 9
Blue Star Press

50 Postcards from Around the World
From the creator of Tiny Atlas Quarterly comes a set of 50 stunning coastal- and water-themed postcards that are perfect for sending, framing, and inspiring wanderlust.
$18.99 US
Mar 23, 2021
4-5/8 x 5-1/2
50 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Treasury of Folklore - Seas and Rivers
Sirens, Selkies And Ghost Ships
Enthralling tales of the sea, rivers and lakes from around the globe. Folklore of the seas and rivers has a resonance in cultures all over the world. Watery hopes, fears and dreams are shared by all peoples where rivers flow and waves crash. This fascinating book covers English sailor superstitions and shape-shifting pink dolphins of the Amazon, Scylla and Charybdis, the many guises of Mami Wata, the tale of the Yoruba River spirit, the water horses of the Scottish lochs, the infamous mystery of the Bermuda Triangle, and much more. Accompanied by stunning woodcut illustrations, popular authors Dee Dee Chainey and Willow Winsham explore the deep history and enduring significance of water folklore the world over, from mermaids, selkies and sirens to ghostly ships and the fountains of youth. With this book, Folklore Thursday aims to encourage a sense of belonging across all cultures by showing how much we all have in common.
$19.95 US
Mar 04, 2021
5-1/3 x 7-5/9
192 Pages

Jewels That Made History
101 Stones, Myths, and Legends
The history of the world--triumphs and tragedies, breakthroughs and breakups--through the iconic jewels that have inspired and influenced since the dawn of time.
$45.00 US
Oct 13, 2020
7 x 8-1/2
224 Pages

Wild Beauty
Wisdom & Recipes for Natural Self-Care [An Essential Oils Book]
An inspiring and easy-to-use primer on natural beauty, featuring 45 recipes for making your own essential oils, lip balm, face and body oils, bath salts, juices, tonics, and more, including an overview of important plant ingredients, the benefits of detoxing your beauty regimen, and tips for creating a cleaner self-care routine.
$18.00 US
Jul 23, 2019
6-1/2 x 8-1/2
160 Pages
Ten Speed Press

Lost Ocean
An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book for Adults
From the creator of the worldwide bestsellers Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, a beautiful new coloring book that takes you on a magical journey beneath the waves.
$18.00 US
Oct 27, 2015
10 x 10
Adult Coloring Book
80 Pages
Penguin Life

Skin of the Sea
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The must-read Black mermaid fantasy series that #1 NYT bestselling author Nicola Yoon calls “epic and original,” in which one mermaid takes on the gods themselves. Perfect for fans of Children of Blood and Bone and anyone who can't wait for the live-action The Little Mermaid.“Riveting.” —NPR“Evocative.” —Entertainment Weekly“Remarkable.” —Buzzfeed
$12.99 US
Jul 26, 2022
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
336 Pages
Age 14 and up

The Deck of Crystals
When you’re feeling depleted, tap into the Earth’s energies. 
$24.95 US
Feb 08, 2022
3-3/4 x 5-1/3
Other Formats
50 Pages
Smith Street Gift

Monique Lhuillier
Dreaming of Fashion and Glamour
This ultra-stylish debut book celebrates the eternally feminine, whimsical, and divinely chic red-carpet dresses and bridal gowns created by one of fashion’s foremost designers. 
$95.00 US
Sep 28, 2021
9-1/2 x 13-1/2
304 Pages

Lounging, Diving, Floating, Dreaming: Picturing Life at the Swimming Pool
A celebratory ode to the joy and enduring allure of the swimming pool, and a gorgeous photography book to accompany poolside daydreaming.
$65.00 US
Apr 07, 2020
8-1/2 x 11
240 Pages

Dynamic Seascapes
How to paint seas and skies with drama and energy
An exhilarating and exciting approach to painting the sea and sky, from master artist Judith Yates.
$24.95 US
Mar 30, 2021
8-1/2 x 11
144 Pages
Search Press

The Little Mermaid
A beautifully illustrated new translation of a beloved Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale
$9.99 US
Mar 17, 2020
5-13/16 x 7-7/8
64 Pages
Pushkin Children's Books
Age 7-10 years

22 Pull-Out Posters
Perfect for display or close observation, this impeccably produced collection of some of Hokusai's most renowned prints highlight the exquisite lines and delicate hues that have entranced viewers for centuries.
$29.95 US
Sep 11, 2018
11 x 13-1/4
48 Pages

Magic Days
Your Journey Through the Astrology, Numerology, and Tarot of Every Day of the Year
From celebrated astrologer Nadine Jane, a guide to the journey of every day and birthday of the year, revealing  how the current astrological season, along with the wisdom of tarot and numerology, can help you lead a happier and more fulfilled life
$40.00 US
Nov 01, 2022
7-3/8 x 9-1/8
800 Pages
Penguin Life

The Odyssey
Homer’s classic epic of survival, revenge, and homecoming, translated by E.V. Rieu, now in a stunning clothbound edition designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith, and featuring an Introduction by Peter V. Jones.The epic tale of Odysseus and his ten-year journey home after the Trojan War, one of the earliest and greatest works of Western literature. Confronted by natural and supernatural threats—shipwrecks, battles, monsters, and the implacable enmity of the sea god Poseidon—Odysseus must use his wit and native cunning if he is to reach his homeland of Ithaca safely and overcome the obstacles that, even there, await him.Penguin Classics is the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world, representing a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
$27.00 US
Mar 10, 2010
5-1/16 x 7-3/4
416 Pages
Penguin Classics

The Girl Who Became a Fish
Maiden's Bookshelf
Another spectacular collaboration from the Maiden's Bookshelf series, this dark and intense fable by the great giant of postward literature is brought to vivid life by contemporary master Nekosuke.
$19.95 US
Aug 15, 2023
7-1/8 x 6-1/2
56 Pages

The Symmetry of Fish
“All hits no skips. I was incredibly moved by these poems.” —Roxane Gay, via GoodreadsFrom National Poetry Series winner Su Cho, chosen by Paige Lewis, a debut poetry collection about immigration, memory, and a family’s lexicon
$18.00 US
Oct 11, 2022
6 x 9
80 Pages
Penguin Books

Channel the energy of crystals for spiritual transformation
The most comprehensive, modern-looking book of crystals and their uses on the market – a collection of 200 crystals alongside practical advice on how to choose, buy, use, and care for them.
$30.00 US
Jun 07, 2022
7-11/16 x 9-3/16
256 Pages

Poems of the Sea
A gorgeously jacketed hardcover anthology of poems from around the globe and through the ages that pay tribute to the world’s great waters. Throughout history, poets have felt the ancient pull of the sea, exploring the full range of mankind’s nautical fears, dreams, and longings. The colorful legends of the sea–pirates and mermaids, phantom ships and the sunken city of Atlantis–have inspired as many imaginations as have the realities of lighthouses and shipwrecks, of icebergs and frothing foam and seaweed. This marvelous collection includes classics old and new, from Homer and Milton to Plath and Merwin. Here are Tennyson’s seductive sea-fairies next to Poe’s beloved Annabel Lee. Here is Coleridge’s darkly brooding “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” alongside the grandeur of Shakespeare’s “Full Fathom Five.” And here is Masefield’s “I must go down to the seas again” alongside Cavafy’s “Ithaka” and Stevens’s “The Idea of Order at Key West.” In the wide variety of lyrics collected here–sonnets and sea chanteys, ballads and hymns and prayers–we feel the encompassing power of our planet’s restless waters as metaphor, mystery, and muse. Everyman's Library pursues the highest production standards, printing on acid-free cream-colored paper, with full-cloth cases with two-color foil stamping, decorative endpapers, silk ribbon markers, European-style half-round spines, and a full-color illustrated jacket.
$20.00 US
Oct 30, 2001
4-1/8 x 6-1/4
256 Pages
Everyman's Library